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"Toodle-Fucking-Oo" is the sixteenth episode of the HBO original series The Sopranos and the third of the show's second season. It was written by Frank Renzulli, directed by Lee Tamahori and originally aired on January 30, 2000.

"Toodle-Fucking-Oo"
The Sopranos episode
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Episode no.Season 2
Episode 3
Directed byLee Tamahori
Written byFrank Renzulli
Cinematography byPhil Abraham
Production code203
Original air dateJanuary 30, 2000
Running time50 minutes
Guest appearance(s)

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Episode recapEdit

Jackie Aprile's brother Richie is paroled from prison. He first pays a visit to respected pizzeria owner Beansie Gaeta, his former partner in crime. Richie states to Beansie that he wants respect and what is owed to him. When Beansie tells him to back off, Richie viciously assaults him. Meanwhile, Tony is informed by a cop on his payroll that Meadow threw a drug-fueled party at Livia's house. Tony and Carmela debate on how Meadow should be punished, but Meadow comes clean and suggests that her credit card be taken away for three weeks. Meadow later reveals to a friend that she has cash saved up, and she chose the punishment believing she put one over on her parents.

Janice initially defends Meadow's delinquency, interpreting it as a sign she is growing independent. Carmela politely yet firmly asks Janice not to interfere in her parenting. However, when Janice discovers the mess left behind at Livia's house, she thinks that Meadow is getting off too easy. Tony and Carmela angrily tell Janice to stop intruding on their family life, prompting her to leave. Meadow overhears the argument and is upset that Janice is angry with her. Janice and Carmela later reconcile, and Carmela insists that she continue to stay at the house.

After dining with friends, Dr. Melfi sees Tony at a table with his "co-workers," leading to an awkward attempt at small talk. Later, at a session with her therapist, Dr. Elliot Kupferberg, Melfi reveals she is annoyed and embarrassed by the incident. She asks Kupferberg if she did the right thing by stopping Tony's therapy, to which Kupferberg answers that it depends on her reasons for becoming a psychiatrist in the first place. The following night, Melfi has a dream in which Tony suffers a car accident after running out of Prozac. Melfi wakes up from her dream and immediately writes it down in a journal.

At a welcome party thrown by Tony, Richie's supporters pay him homage with envelopes of cash. When Richie asks if Beansie is present, he's told that nobody has seen him. Afterwards, Richie tracks down Beansie and shoots at him for his disrespect, chasing him down the street on foot. Beansie escapes and when he feels it is safe, he returns to his Jaguar, only to be run over by Richie. Tony visits Beansie in the hospital, where his wife becomes confrontational over his injuries. Beansie's doctor has minimal hope that he will walk again. Tony later reprimands Richie for the attack, threatening him with severe consequences should he not follow the boss's orders again.

Richie sees Janice by chance at a yoga class, where they reminisce and talk about their recent past and current status. Richie later tries to win Janice over by bringing an expensive bouquet of flowers to Livia's bedside. Over coffee in the cafeteria, Janice tells Richie that they are both in very different places, but Richie insists that they give their long ago relationship another shot. Meanwhile, Tony goes to change the locks at Livia's house and discovers Meadow cleaning up the place. Tony turns away from the house, perplexed by his daughter's sudden display of remorse.

First appearancesEdit

Title referenceEdit

  • "Toodle-oo" is an informal form of "good-bye". An annoyed Melfi adds her own twist on the saying while mulling over her run-in with Tony.

ProductionEdit

  • Although this was the third episode of season two, it was the second to be produced.
  • David Proval (Richie Aprile) is now billed in the opening credits.
  • Proval originally auditioned to play the role of Tony Soprano. He was turned down because creator David Chase felt he looked "too right," for the part.

Connections to future episodesEdit

  • When meeting with Tony at the mall, Richie reminds Tony that he helped him and his brother, Jackie, get a "pass" after robbing a card game of DiMeo capo "Feech" La Manna. This is the first reference to the story, which is retold with more details in later seasons.

Cultural referencesEdit

  • When Tony asks a drunk and high Hunter about where Meadow is, he calls her "Janet Jackson", a reference to singer Janet Jackson.

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